Now Accepting Submissions for Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library is very pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our third annual Undergraduate Research Award.

Brookens Library firmly supports the idea that undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components a complete education at UIS. 3 years ago, we created this award as a way for the Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students who had produced exemplary work in pursuit of their interests and degree.

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research AwardThe judging for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is one of our favorite parts of the academic year. Usually, we librarians are involved at the beginning stages of a research project – helping our patrons find the information that they need to get started on a project. We get to sit down with students from a variety of disciplines with some truly fascinating information needs. Unfortunately, it’s a rare day when one of us actually gets to see some of the finished products. This research award is a unique and treasured window onto the excellent work that the UIS students have created.

About the only downside of the endeavor is that the Library only gets to recognize one student’s excellent. We’ve always had a competitive grouping of papers, with one just edging out a victory in our rubrics. But this year, we are very excited to say that we are awarding a second and a third place! Now, even more great work will be acknowledged and preserved. Apply today with a paper of project you have completed in the past year!

First Place: $250

Second Place: $100

Third Place: $50

You can see the winning papers from the previous years here: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/74820

Details of the award, the submission process, the timeline and the judging rubric can be found here: http://libguides.uis.edu/research_award

 

Academic Librarian of the Year, Pattie Piotrowski

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Pattie Piotrowski is the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

Currently the President of ILA, Piotrowski has been an active ILA member since 2003 and has distinguished herself through her service to IACRL, ILA and the Illinois library community in general. As an active member of IACRL, Piotrowski participated in conference planning duties for three IACRL conferences, including serving as chair of the 2014 conference planning committee. She also served on the IACRL executive board from 2012-2015, as Vice President/President-Elect (2012-2013), President (2013-2014) and Past President (2014-2015).

During her tenure with IACRL, Piotrowski worked to create a more engaged and tangible environment for its members, including bringing the ILA lobbyist to speak at the IACRL Luncheon at the annual ILA conference, coordinating the IACRL booth at ILA conferences, and coordinating new-member recruitment efforts.

In August 2016, Pattie assumes the position of University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services at University of Illinois at Springfield. She was formerly the Assistant Dean for Public Services at The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Paul Galvin Library.

In both her professional service and her work, Piotrowski strives to create environments in which everyone—from students to administrators—not only feels welcome but also understands that they are part of a community that is dedicated to the enrichment of students’ lives. Piotrowski emphasizes that at higher education institutions, faculty, staff and administrators should be constant in their connection to their communities by remembering the significance of their roles. As she stated in a recent article on the IIT website, “I pose the question, ‘Is it really just a job? Do you believe in the mission of this university?’”

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 18th, during the 2016 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Rosemont.

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Apply for the Library Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library Undergraduate Reserarch Award 2016Apply today for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award!

Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities, are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. With this in mind, Brookens Library created the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award.

This award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250.

  •  The online application form is available here: Application Form
  • All application materials are due by 5pm on March 18, 2016.
  • The winner will be announced on April 15, 2016.

For complete information about the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award and detailed instructions on how to apply please visit:

http://libguides.uis.edu/research_award

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Apply for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award

Brookens Library Undergraduate Reserarch Award 2016Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities, are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. With this in mind, Brookens Library created the Brookens Library  Undergraduate Research Award.

This award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250.

  • Application forms are due by February 12, 2016. The online application form is available here: Application Form
  • All application materials are due by 5pm on March 18, 2016.
  • The winner will be announced on April 15, 2016.

For complete information about the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award and detailed instructions on how to apply please visit:

http://libguides.uis.edu/research_award

 

Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award Winner

The 2014/2015 academic year was the first offering of the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award. The excellent projects submitted made the judging a challenge, but the selection committee comprised of Ben Walsh, Angie Maranville and John Laubersheimer, were able to decide upon a clear winner. Congratulations goes to Michael Lotspeich for his undergraduate honors theses Adherence to Themes in Rural Local Education Agency Reorganization Research: a Meta-analysis Review. Lotspeich received a cash prize of $250 as part of the award and his paper will be archived on the University’s institutional repository, IDEALS.

Mr. Lotspeich’s submission was an impressive piece of research that best exemplified proficiency in information literacy and excellence in undergraduate scholarship. His paper incorporates a wide range of resources from Brookens as well as materials obtained through ILL and iShare. Mr. Lotspeich completed his research paper as a part of his double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science.

The judging committee was impressed with Mr. Lotspeich’s ability to analyze a complex topic and present it in a style that engages the reader. Mr. Lotspeich demonstrated a high level of skill in synthesizing literature and provided a very thorough bibliography. Overall, the first award winner presented the committee a comprehensive project with exemplary documentation.

Brookens Library Undergraduate Student Research Award: Apply Today!

Brookens Library Student Research Award Now Accepting Applications

 Undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities are foundational components of a complete liberal arts education. The Brookens Library Student Research Award was created to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250.

Eligibility:

  • Open to undergraduate students enrolled at University of Illinois Springfield in any academic level for the current academic year. All disciplines are eligible.
  • The paper, project or poster must be tied to a specific UIS course or other appropriate undergraduate research projects (i.e.: StARS Symposium).
  • Submissions must be from the current or previous academic year.
  • Individual or team submissions are allowed (in the event a team submission wins the award, the prize will be split among the team members).
  • The paper, project or poster must be completed at the time of submission.
  • All submissions must contain an element of library research that demonstrates the use of primary and/or secondary sources. This could be a literature review, an annotated bibliography or other means of documentation appropriate to the project submitted.
  • The submitted paper or project must have a reference list (works cited).
  • All applicants must agree to give the library permission to upload winning papers/projects to the campus institutional repository (IDEALS).

Your complete application must include:

  • A completed application form.
  • A 700-1000 word abstract introducing the research question being answered by the submission. Include a discussion of hypotheses, methodology and/or results when appropriate.
  • A final version of the research paper, project or poster presentation.
  • A bibliography or other appropriate list of sources consulted/works cited.
  • A statement of support from the UIS faculty member who taught the course or administered the research project for which the paper/project/poster was originally submitted.

 

Evaluation Committee

A committee comprised of librarians and faculty members from different disciplines will judge all submissions.

Evaluation criteria:

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to select, evaluate, and synthesize appropriate library resources and successfully use them in the creation of a research project or paper.
  • Evidence of significant scholastic and/or personal learning and the development of a steady research pattern or habits that can be utilized in future academic endeavors.
  • Ability to describe and analyze the applicant’s research strategies, techniques, and learning process.
  • Originality/uniqueness of the project/topic, mastery of content (appropriate to class level), clear writing, and overall quality of the project.

Deadlines and important dates:

  • Application forms are due by March 23, 2015. The online application form is available here: https://uofi.uis.edu/fb/sec/1048711
  • All remaining application materials are due by 5pm on March 23, 2015.
  • The winner will be announced at the StARS conference on April 3, 2015.
 Expectations for achievement will be commensurate with the applicant’s academic level and the requirements of the discipline.